The title contenders took on a “not in form” Manchester United at Old Trafford on the evening of April 16. It was a crucial game for both the sides, where one looked to add to their lead to make it resolute and the other needed points to climb up the pecking order in pursuit of the top four finish.
Even before the game kicked off, Boss Jose Mourinho was under scrutiny for the playing eleven he had decided to go with. Leaving the in form Ibrahimovic and the play maker Mhiktariyan on the bench and making Ashley Young the captain certainly raised some eyebrows. Chelsea played with a strong eleven comprising of Eden Hazard, Deigo Costa and the handy midfielder Kante.
United looked a completely different side from the first whistle. Marking system employed by Mourinho was a touch of brilliance as the blues failed to gain any momentum or orchestrate any attacks throughout the game. Teen sensation Marcus Rashford netted the first one at the seventh minute, a perfect strike converting a perfect pass from Ander Herrera into the bottom left corner. The Devils managed to keep Chelsea form creating chances or braking out in counter attacks, credits to the marking brilliance of Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera. United doubled their lead after Herrera fired in a deflected shot past Begovic in the early second half.
This loss for Chelsea now gives Tottenham Hotspur a chance to beat the them to the title this year. Stats show that this was Chelsea’s worst game in a decade, ironically the last game with such a performance was against United and was also held in Old Trafford. Antonio Conte will have some questions to answer for this huge loss. The blues failed to get a shot on target even though they dominated possession through the 90 minutes. Both the teams picked up 3 yellow cards in this rather heated fixture with an on field argument between Marcos Rojo and Deigo Costa which was broken down by the officials.
Manchester United go up against Burnley next and Chelsea host Southampton in their next fixture.
Watch the highlights of the fixture: